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Robbery suspects sought after park sword attack

Friday 11 April 2014

Police are appealing for information after a lad was attacked by two masked teenagers brandishing a sword in a Birmingham park last month.

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The 16-year-old was walking through Swanshurst Park in Yardley Wood on Thursday 13 March at around 6.30pm when two thugs stopped him and searched his pockets.

The plucky teen grabbed the blade and pushed it away from him enabling him to run away − but he received cuts to his hands and face which needed medical treatment.

One of the robbers is described as white and in their late teens. He was around 5ft 3ins tall and was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, gloves and a balaclava.

Officers continue to investigate the robbery and are appealing to the public to help identify the teens.

Detective Constable Michelle Beasley, from Stechford CID, said: "It was just getting dark when the lad decided to take a short cut through the park and was attacked by these opportunists.

"He was very brave and managed to fend off the robbers − he only received minor injuries but we could have been looking at far more serious injuries.

"I believe these lads may be local and would appeal for the community to call me or one of my team with any information at all.

"Have you seen these two in the area − do you know of anyone who owns a sword − maybe a samurai type sword? If so then please call me."

If anyone has any information they are urged to call Stechford CID on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111.